317 Alexandra Road, (65) 6474 0122, www.ikea.com.sg
Why they Won: When you think about buying furniture or re-decorating your home, IKEA always pops up. Rightfully so when they have the fresh new home furnishings at affordable prices. They have home planners who will help you design your home. Just call 6378 1642.
House Specialty: The Swedish meatballs in the Ikea Restaurant simply rock!
Bet You Didn’t Know: IKEA Founder Ingvar Kamprad made headlines in early 2004 when Swedish business magazine Veckans Affarer reported that he had surpassed Bill Gates as the world’s wealthiest person. During his teens, Kamprad attended some pro-Nazi meetings. When this was uncovered in 1994, Kamprad said, “This is part of my life I bitterly regret…[A]fter a couple of meetings in pure Nazi style, I quit.” In a letter to employees titled “The Greatest Mistake of My Life”, he asked forgiveness, and he devoted two chapters to it in his 1998 book, The History of IKEA. In an interview after its publication, he said, “Now I have told all I can. Can one ever get forgiveness for such stupidity?”